9 Sep 2011

Tall Black tests positive for banned substance

4:31 pm on 9 September 2011

The New Zealand Breakers have confirmed international basektballer Corey Webster has tested positive for a prohibited substance.

Webster was sent home on the eve of the New Zealand team's Olympic qualification series against Australia on Tuesday.

The Breakers general manager Richard Clarke says the club was informed by the the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority that Webster had returned a positive test for what's believed to be a synthetic form of cannabis.

Clarke says at the time it was not illegal for Webster to possess or consume the substance however it is on the World Anti Doping Agency's banned list which the ANBL competition enforces.

Webster's currently receiving legal advice and intends presenting his case at a hearing in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Sydney.

However Clarke says Webster won't be taking part in the Breakers pre-season build up until the case has been heard and the club will be adding another player to its squad.

Basketball Australia has the discretion to provisionally suspend Webster pending the outcome of the hearing.